The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible - Vladimir Nabokov

There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you - Zora Neale Hurston

03 December 2009

Passing Along the Honesty

I've already thanked Michele for my Honest Scrap Award, but it doesn't hurt to say thanks again. Thanks! Now to follow the rules and tell you 10 true things about me:

  1. 1. I was once socially oblivious. For years, whenever someone asked me about my weekend, I'd tell them. After much practice, I learned to ask, "And how was your weekend?" I've improved so much that now I can listen to my friends, offer support, and not bring up my own self-involved worries until asked.

  2. I like to use Lorel Clayton as my writing identity rather than Lorel Colgin, because if you google my real name you get 10 pages of mostly science-related mumbo-jumbo.

  3. I've lived in Idaho, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington and Sydney Australia.

  4. I have 2 passports, which is very 'James Bond' and cool.

  5. I'm almost ambidextrous (can do everything except write with my left)

  6. I'm not afraid of heights, love 'em actually. But boats make me nauseous and eventually comatose.

  7. I audited Ancient Greek as a break from molecular biology in grad school (does that put me at the top of every nerd-ometer or what?)

  8. I'm a sucker for romance and action movies, though I usually don't like the subjects mixed. Also, I played with both Barbie and GI Joe as a child. I wonder if this is related to my pseudo-ambidexterity?

  9. I have a level 80 human rogue in World of Warcraft and not by choice. It's the only way I've been able to stay in touch with my video-game obsessed brother over the last couple of years.

  10. I own a monographed pool cue :)

Now, the hard part. Who can I pass the award along to that doesn't already have it (I'm thinking of you Elizabeth)? I need to get out there in cyberspace more.

  1. Justine Larbalestier's blog--She writes YA, but she's honest, entertaining and her book 'Liar' is so good I wish I'd written it.

  2. The Kill Zone--The musings of these thriller writers can be educational and make you paranoid about a career in writing, even if you're on the NY Times Bestseller list.

  3. Terry's Place--Interesting anecdotes, writing advice, and her storyboards are awesome. She's inspired me to give it a try.

  4. John August--It's screenplays and not novels, but there are some great thoughts about storytelling in general. It's also where I heard about Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (I think. My brain is melting so I'm not sure)

  5. Query Shark--THE place to learn about writing queries. It's enough to frighten you away from ever approaching an agent.

That's it. Like I said, I need to read more blogs and make more cyber-friends...and ask them about their weekend :)


  1. Thanks for giving me a couple of new places to explore online, Lorel! And I enjoyed learning more about you. I'd love to be even partially ambidextrous!

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  2. Oooh! I love new blogs to explore! I found a fellow Aussie one for you today: Through My Eyes. Thought you might enjoy it.


  3. Elizabeth--the partial ambidexterity isn't very useful, unless you're playing pool :) I'm sure you have much more useful talents. Glad to give you a few links. I get SO many from your blog. I tried out the name generator yesterday. Great!

    Michele--Thanks for the blog link! I took a quick look and will have to delve in deeper later. After I try to do some writing today :)

  4. Well, It is nice to meet another blogger currently calling Australia home.
    Thanks for finding my blog. Thanks Michele for the shout out.

  5. Hi Tabitha!
    With 20 million people, there had to be a few of us Aussie bloggers around right? Thanks for following :0

  6. HAha your #1 is a huge reason why I started blogging! I pretty much used to do that then I went the complete opposite now I feel like I do all the listening and people forget to ask me any reciprial questions!
    Cool list.

  7. Glad to hear I'm not the only one Michelle! Yeah, I do all the listening now too. Hopefully they will clue in like I did.